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Posted: Tuesday, October 6, 2020. 1:50 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) informed that it is closely monitoring  Hurricane Delta which is now a major hurricane.

Delta is forecast to continue moving in a west-northwestward to north-westward direction during the next couple of days.

On this track the system should make landfall on the north-eastern Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico just south of Cancun early on Wednesday morning as a major hurricane. The forecast has been relatively consistent and most of the models agree on this track.

The impacts from Delta on Belize are still expected to be minimal as the system tracks north of the country.

A slight increase in rain, showers and thunderstorms are expected over the northern districts later today and tonight. Winds are expected to be relatively strong and gusty and the National Meteorological Service of Belize will upgrade the current small craft caution to a warning at midday today.

A small craft warning means that operators of small crafts should remain in safe harbour until after the warning has been lifted.

Although rainfall is not expected to be very heavy, there is the chance that moderate rainfall amounts could result in localized flooding in the north over areas that are prone to flooding.

The public is advised to continue closely monitor Hurricane Delta even though the models are saying it is not assessed as being a direct threat to Belize, out of an abundance of caution, despite the current track, the public is advised to be prepared to take swift actions that will save life.

All must be prepared, just in case, to quickly put your Hurricane plan in place.

“Be reminded we are, historically, in the worst month of the Hurricane Season. NEMO City and District Emergency Committees will convene their second emergency meeting this afternoon,” NEMO said.

 Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) countrywide will be on a 24 hours watch.

The public is advised to stay alert and be prepared to quickly take actions that will save lives.

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